UKRI funded, Fellow led

The Future Leaders Fellows Development Network delivers specialised leadership training, access to networks and mentors, and collaborative opportunities, so that members can pursue world-class interdisciplinary, cross-sector research and innovation.

The Network is available to all seven cohorts of Future Leaders Fellows, as well as a group of researchers and innovators nominated by the Research Councils.

Members of the Network benefit from an exceptional range of workshops, networking opportunities, mentoring, community-building events, and one-to-one coaching with specialists.

PATHWAYS programme

In April 2023, UKRI and the Future Leaders Fellows Development Network launched the PATHWAYS programme, a leadership and development program for 60 UKRI funded researchers. Visit our PATHWAYS website or learn more here: The Network’s new PATHWAYS Programme – Future Leaders Fellows Development Network

“Everything I have done with the Future Leaders Fellows Development Network has been absolutely brilliant. Fellows are so lucky to have such a talented team supporting us, inspiring us to keep asking the big questions, and helping us support each other. ”


Navigate, collaborate, lead

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These three-day residential retreats are designed to help you create strategies for effective leadership. The retreat will include opportunities to take a step back and see how learning about ourselves as individuals can enable us to better support our teams to thrive, focus, and be productive.

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Our 2 x 2 day residential Crucibles are designed to foster collaborations between researchers and introduce new ways of thinking and working. The programme aims to form an interdisciplinary, cross-sector networks between researchers who normally don’t get the chance to meet.

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Our second Research Encounters event series, on the theme of Building Collaborations, began earlier this year with an expert panel discussion. In May, we hosted regional hybrid in-person and virtual workshops. We will conclude the series of events with regional networking opportunities for Fellows later in the year.

“Participating in the Leadership Mentoring Programme was an excellent investment into my career and professional development. I was matched with an industry-based mentor who aligned strongly with my personal and professional values. I had the opportunity to discuss the things that mattered to me.
As an industry-focused academic, this was an invaluable  window into non-academic tech fields.”


Providing support and opportunities for Fellows


On-demand, one-to-one sessions with a professional coach plus our bespoke 360 Feedback Programme based on our unique Fellows Leadership Model.

Leadership Mentoring

In our tailored Leadership Mentoring Programme, Fellows are hand-matched with a sector leader for six months of focused development time.

Plus Funds

A pot of flexible funding, available to Fellows in the Network, which is designed to support the delivery of novel training and networking opportunities.

“My 360 feedback and review were incredibly helpful. I gained many important insights that will help shape and progress my research career.”


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